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Power-water woes: Dikshit warns of tough days ahead

delhi Updated: Jun 25, 2009 19:06 IST
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Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday warned people in the national capital of possible water and power shortages in the coming days, following delay in monsoon.

"We are asking people to conserve water and power. I am warning everybody of tough days ahead if it does not rain in coming days in Delhi," Dikshit told reporters.

Delhi on Thursday faced a gap of 378 MW of power between availability and demand against national shortage of more than 5,000 MW due to the prolonged heat wave, an abnormal maximum temperature and delay in arrival of the monsoon.

Worried over the increasing water and power shortages, the chief minister has called for an all-party meeting on power Monday and on water on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators walked out of the Delhi assembly on Thursday - for the second consecutive day - to protest the water and power shortages in the capital. The assembly budget session is being held at present.

"The situation is very grim and we are not able to meet demand. Nothing is hidden from you," Dikshit told the assembly.

Angry over the power and water shortages, people in several parts of the capital organised protests and vandalised public property.